Definitions for dozenˈdʌz ən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

doz•enˈdʌz ən(n.)(pl.)doz•ens; doz•en

  1. (n.)a group of 12.

  2. the dozens,Slang. a ritualized game in which the players attempt to outdo each other in insults (usu. used in the phrase play the dozens).

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

  3. (adj.)containing 12 parts.

Origin of dozen:

1250–1300; ME dozeine < OF do(u)zaine <do(u)ze (< L duodecim)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. twelve, 12, XII, dozen(adj)

    the cardinal number that is the sum of eleven and one

  2. twelve, 12, xii, dozen(adj)

    denoting a quantity consisting of 12 items or units

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. dozen(noun)ˈdʌz ən

    twelve of the same thing

    a dozen eggs; I bought two dozen.

  2. dozenˈdʌz ən

    indicates an estimation of approximately twelve of sth

    Dozens of people stood outside.; half a dozen cows; a half-dozen cows

Wiktionary

  1. dozen(Noun)

    A set of twelve.

  2. dozen(Noun)

    A large, unspecified number of, comfortably estimated in small multiples of twelve, thus generally implied to be significantly more than ten or twelve, but less than perhaps one or two hundred; many.

  3. dozen(Noun)

    An old English measure of ore containing 12 hundredweight.

  4. Origin: From douzaine, from duodecim, from duo + decem

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dozen

    of Dozen

  2. Dozen(noun)

    a collection of twelve objects; a tale or set of twelve; with or without of before the substantive which follows

  3. Dozen(noun)

    an indefinite small number

Freebase

  1. Dozen

    A dozen is a grouping of twelve. The dozen may be one of the earliest primitive groupings, perhaps because there are approximately a dozen cycles of the moon or months in a cycle of the sun or year. Twelve is convenient because its multiples and divisors are convenient: 12 = 2 × 2 × 3, 3 × 4 = 12, 2 × 6 = 12, 60 = 12 × 5, 360 = 12 × 30. The use of twelve as a base number, known as the duodecimal system, probably originated in Mesopotamia. This could come from counting on one's fingers by counting each finger bone with one's thumb. Using this method, one hand can count to twelve, and two hands can count to 144. Twelve dozen are known as a gross; and twelve gross are called a great gross, a term most often used when shipping or buying items in bulk. A great hundred, also known as a small gross, is 120 or ten dozen. A baker's dozen, also known as a long dozen, is thirteen.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dozen' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3738

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dozen' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2355

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dozen' in Nouns Frequency: #1222


Translations for dozen

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

dozen(noun)

a group of twelve

two dozen handkerchiefs; These eggs are 50 cents a dozen; Half-a-dozen eggs, please.

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